Dinamo Bolshevo: From Re-Educating Youth Criminals to the Soviet Cup Quarter-Final

Football match at the Metallist stadium in Bolshevo, 1934 | yubik.net.ru In the 1938 Soviet Cup quarter-finals, seven teams represented Group A, the highest tier of Soviet football at the time: Spartak Moscow (eventual winners), Elektrik Leningrad, Dinamo Leningrad, Dinamo Tbilisi, Stakhanovets Stalino (modern-day Shakhtar Donetsk), Dinamo Odessa (modern-day Chornomorets Odessa), and Lokomotiv Kyiv. The eighth team was something completely different: Dinamo Bolshevo, which never … [Read more...]

Vladimir Fedotov: Legend of Rivals

Vladimir Fedotov's mural at the VEB Arena | Vitaly Leonov/RFN Fedotov is a name synonymous with the war-time hero and CSKA goal-scoring machine, Grigoriy Fedotov. However, almost only one player has ever crossed the great Moscow divide to warm both the hearts and minds of both Spartak and CSKA - his son, Vladimir Fedetov. When he passed away thousands of Red-Blues and Red-Whites came to see the great footballer and coach to his final journey. As well as his father Vladimir has now been … [Read more...]

CSKA – Spartak: The Great Moscow Derby?

Known for it's ferocious atmosphere on and off the field, here is a Fratria display mocking one of CSKA's monikers (koni, horses) | Photo:? Эдгар Брещанов/Василий Пономарев, Sportbox.ru The first main Moscow derby of the season takes place at the VEB Arena on Sunday night. Instead of a usual preview of the game, we decide to look back into the long history of the rivalry. During the Soviet Union It is considered the first derby took place on June 1, 1922, when OLLS (CSKA) defeated MKS … [Read more...]

LONG READ: Aleksei Paramonov, the humble metalworker who became a Spartak legend, won the Olympics and met the Pope

Paramonov in action for Spartak against Zenit in 1949 | Photo: Spartak Moscow: Official History 1922 - 2002 In late August, Russian football lost another one of its old-time legends: Aleksei Paramonov. He was 93 years old. I've had the honour of meeting him twice, both times at book signings - after his 80th and 90th birthdays. He'd talked with Spartak fans for hours, his memory and wits were amazing. And he surely didn't look a day older than 70. I've wanted to interview him for … [Read more...]

Dinamo Moscow: A history of incompetence

The old Dinamo Stadium. This is part two of an investigation to Dinamo Moscow's long-term ownership troubles and financial disrepair. Read Part One first here. To understand why the famous side, one who was the first Soviet club to visit the UK in a historic tour of 1945, has such troubles as outlined yesterday, it is necessary to understand it's history. READ MORE:?Dinamo Moscow’s 1945 Goodwill Tour of Britain Before relegation to the FNL in 2015/2016, Dinamo was the only club in … [Read more...]

Aleksei Paramonov, 1925-2018

Paramonov receiving a commemorative Spartak shirt on his 93rd birthday. Paramonov holds a number of statistical feats for Spartak, some of them are likely never to be repeated. He scored 73 goals for Spartak, and the team never lost in 90 minutes if he scored (Spartak lost to VVS Moscow in the Soviet Cup after Paramonov's goal, but the game was drawn after 90 minutes.)He played 28 games in a row against one opponent, never missing a single Spartak - Dynamo Kyiv game from 11th June 1948 to … [Read more...]

Grigory Fedotov: The Shalyapin of Russian Football

Grigoriy Fedotov murial at CSKA's VBE Arena. Photo Toke Theilade CSKA Moscow has an old tradition. Every year, CSKA plays a memorial match against the winner of theGrigory Fedotov Cup winner, competed for by amateur teams from the town of Noginsk (50 km from Moscow). For many years, CSKA used their senior team in these matches, but since 2005 CSKA has tended to use the reserve or youth teams. The reason for this match is to remember Noginsk-native and famous forward Grigory Fedotov, a legend … [Read more...]

European Debuts of Soviet and Russian Teams: A Chronology

As Ufa played their first ever European fixtures (and progressed into the next round), let's remember other Russian (and Soviet) teams' debuts on the grand European stage. 2nd and 9th September 1965: Dynamo Kyiv vs. Coleraine 6-1, 4-0 (Cup Winners' Cup). First ever European goal scored by Andriy Biba. The first ever Soviet club to officially play in Europe was Dynamo Kyiv. After winning the Soviet Cup, they debuted in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1965 and progressed to the quarter-finals, where … [Read more...]

Krasnoyarsk: A New City on the RFPL Map

17 May?2018, became a historic day for FC Enisey supporters. Krasnoyarsk defeated Anzhi 3-0 in the tiny indoor sports hall Football-Arena Enisey and almost guaranteed promotion to the Premier League (RFLP). Two days later, in the second leg of the relegation play-off, Enisey officially entered the league despite losing 3-4 on the day. Next season will be the first Krasnoyarsk's history in top-tier of Soviet and Russian football. | Metallurgy and Rugby Krasnoyarsk, with a?population?of … [Read more...]

Nikita Simonyan Biography: Football – Is It Just a Game? (Part Five)

Nikita Pavlovich Simonyan (1926-? ) is the current vice president of the Russian Football Union, and one of the most noteworthy figures in Russian and Soviet football. Between 1949 and 1959 he became the highest scoring player ever for Spartak Moscow, with whom he won four Soviet championships, and he was also one of the stars on the Soviet national team that won the 1956 Olympics and finished fourth at the 1958 World Cup.? He later went into coaching and he won three Soviet championships … [Read more...]

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